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24 March

James VI of Scotland and I of England

24 March 1603: The death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Two days later the news would reach the 36-year-old James VI that he was now James I of England. The crowns of Scotland and England were now unified and James would style himself as “King of Great Britain and Ireland”. He was also a major advocate of a single parliament for England and Scotland. In 1606, the Union Flag representing the regal union between England and Scotland was created by royal decree.

24 March 1746: After receiving orders the previous day from the Duke of Cumberland to march from Perth and relieve the Jacobite siege of Blair Castle, Prince Frederick of Hesse-Cassel and four regiments of Hessian infantry arrived at Nairne House.

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